With the weather warming up and the humidity rising, Gladstone Region Vets are calling for pet owners to think of their pets and the effect the heat may have on them.
With extended daylight and warm weather, the summer can be a great time to get active with your pet. However, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of heatstroke – a life-threatening condition, caused by the elevation of a dog’s body temperature.
While people can also suffer heatstroke, the risk is much greater for dogs as they only perspire around their paws and nose (which is not sufficient alone to cool their body). The most effective means for a dog to expel excess heat is panting, which moves cool air through the nasal passages and around the body.
If a dog doesn’t have access to cool air–either because of high outside temperatures or a confined environment – they are at risk of overheating. Chamberlain Road Veterinary Clinic shared these tips for keeping your dog cool in the warmer weather –
- Make sure they have plenty of shade
- Supply multiple water bowls and have water bowls in shade too
- DO NOT leave your dog in the car, even with the windows down it takes only 6 minutes for a dog to die of heatstroke in these conditions.
- Avoid playing or excessive exercise during hot weather.
- Provide cold treats or frozen ice for them to chew on.
- Avoid walking on hot surfaces like asphalt or concrete.
Beat the heat with your pets this summer!